Josephine Police Department
On behalf of the employees of the Josephine Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. It is my sincere hope that this site will provide you with a greater understanding of the services the department provides to our community.
The members of the Josephine Police Department are dedicated to a philosophy of community policing. Our goal is to continue strengthening our partnership with the community as we provide the highest quality of police service and safety to those we serve.
I’m honored and truly thankful to serve as your Chief of Police. I consider myself fortunate to work with a caring, well-trained, enthusiastic team who is committed to serving the outstanding citizens and visitors of Josephine.
Thank you for visiting our website. We welcome your comments and look forward to serving you.
- Chief Briggs
About the Department
The Josephine Police Department was established in 1982, comprising a chief and a hard working police force eager to serve the community. Dennis Dickerson was unanimously voted into the position of Chief of Police by the City Council at a starting salary of $1 per year. Today, Josephine PD remains a small rural department serving the needs of nearly 2,000 residents.
The Josephine Police Department adheres to a philosophy of community policing, encouraging officers to work with the community to accomplish common goals and allowing citizens to become stakeholders in their safety through education and partnership.
Officers of the Josephine Police Department conduct routine patrol activities and enforce all state and local traffic laws as well as investigate all crimes reported within the city limits of Josephine.
The Josephine Police Department is dispatched through the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
For non-emergency assistance, call (972) 547-5350.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Join Josephine Police Department
The Josephine Police Department is currently accepting applications for a full-time officer position.
Certified officers who are looking to be part of a community-oriented police department with a friendly working atmosphere, as well as work in a small but growing rural community, are encouraged to complete a Personal History Statement.
Click here to download our Personal History Statement form.
Email your complete Personal History Statement and resume to Police Department Jobs for consideration.
The Josephine Police Department is currently accepting applications for reserve officers.
For a list of the minimum qualifications for both full-time and reserve officers, click below.
- Must be a TCOLE Certified Peace Officer with at least two (2) years experience
- Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of hire
- Must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an equivalency certificate with at least 12 hours of college credit or have an honorable discharge from the armed forces after 24 months of active duty service
- Must have a valid Texas driver’s license at the date of hire
- Must be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization
- Must be able to read, write and speak the English language
- Must be of good moral character
- Must have the ability to pass all pre-employment screenings including an extensive background investigation, a polygraph, psychological exam, physician’s physical and drug screen
- Must pass oral interviews
- Shall not be prohibited from carrying a firearm or possessing ammunition
- Shall not have engaged in, received deferred adjudication or pre-trial diversion for, or have been convicted of conduct that constitutes a Class B Misdemeanor under Penal Code or equivalent under federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice or any conduct that may be unsuitable for employment
- Paid health plan including vision & dental coverages
- Flexible Spending Account
- Life insurance
- Short term disability
- Long term disability
- Retirement plan (Automatic participation 6% employee contribution; City matches 2:1)
- Paid holidays (12 days)
- Paid vacation and sick leave
- Compensatory time
- Uniforms provided
- The City of Josephine Police Department Pay Schedule is based on experience with a starting salary of $50,000 annually.
Please email Police Department Jobs to answer any questions.
Public Information Request
Please read this entire section before submitting a request for a police report. The City of Josephine does not accept verbal records requests under the Freedom of Information Act/ Public Information Act.
Click here to complete the Police Records Request Form
Please provide as much information as possible in your request to expedite processing, such as:
- JPD Incident Number (sometimes referred to as a case number or offense report number)
- Name(s) and DOB
- Driver’s license and/or SSN of the parties involved
- Date/location (address) of the incident and type of incident
- Specify “public information report” and include your postal mailing address
Please be aware that a criminal offense report, and associated items such as videos, photos, etc. are not considered public information and will not be released unless the case was closed by conviction (someone was arrested, convicted and received jail/prison time and/or deferred adjudication and/or a fine). The only portion that can be released in most cases is the public information portion and suspect information if a suspect(s) was arrested and charged. The public information portion contains: a summary of the crime; the complainant’s name and address; date, time and location of the incident; the responding officer’s name(s); and the incident number. This is generally all the information required by your insurance company if you need the report for a claim.
To request the public information portion, please specify you are seeking the public information report and send your request via one of the following methods:
- Fax (469) 717-0082 (Include your postal mailing address)
- In person: 201 S. Main Street, Josephine, TX 75173
- U.S. mail: Josephine Police Department, Records, PO Box 99, Josephine, TX 75164
NOTE: If the case was not closed by conviction, and you submit an open records request for the entire report (or if you do not specify “public information report” in your request), your request will be forwarded to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for a ruling as to whether or not we can release the full report, a process that takes approximately 60 business days.
The Josephine Police Department is proactive in its tracking of registered sex offenders and maintains accurate, up-to-date information on all offenders who reside within the city limits.
It is the policy of this agency that any person who has a reportable conviction or adjudication for a registrable offense occurring on or after September 1, 1970, and who is either incarcerated or under juvenile or adult community supervision, parole, or any other mandatory supervision as of September 1, 1997, must register with the Josephine Police Department if he/she resides in the City of Josephine for more than 7 days.
The police department makes available to its residents a variety of online resources for the tracking of registered sex offenders residing within the city limits. Resources include:
- Texas Sex Offender Registry: Pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.005, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) establishes this website as the official Internet public access to the DPS sex offender registration computerized central database.
- OffenderWatch: OffenderWatch is a web site not associated with the City of Josephine that manages sex offender registrations and community notifications at both the state and local level.
If you have any questions or concerns about registered sex offenders, please contact the Josephine Police Department at (972) 843-8085.
The Josephine Police Department is committed to assisting victims of crime by providing support, education, information and referrals as they regain control of their lives; advocating safety, healing, justice and restitution; and increasing awareness about violent crime victimization and its impact on our lives and the City of Josephine.
The Josephine Police Department supports the City of Josephine’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance for many reasons.
First and foremost, it serves to keep the juveniles themselves protected from entering into late-night situations that may prove dangerous to them.
Second, it is a highly effective deterrent to underage would-be offenders as it prevents them from being able to move around easily during late-night hours.
Third, when a juvenile is caught after curfew, it provides the police officer a means by which to identify the problem, report it to a parent or guardian and return the youth home to a safer environment.
Summary of the Ordinance
Following is a very general outline of the city’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance and the standard means by which it is enforced.
Daily: Unaccompanied juveniles age 16 and under must be home by 11 p.m. and until 5 a.m. (unless traveling to or from or attending a school, church or job-related functions).
The Child Safety Ordinance and all of its specific rules and definitions are also available here: Child Safety Ordinance
When a juvenile is found to be in violation of the ordinance, police officers are instructed to explore every option to return the juvenile to a parent instead of enforcement action when no other offense has been committed. Multiple violations, however, may result in enforcement action regardless of the existence of another offense.
Citations for Adults
Parents and guardians as well as business owners who knowingly allow juveniles to violate curfew can be cited for allowing juvenile curfew violations to occur.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Josephine’s outdoor warning siren system consists of two sirens placed strategically within the city. Sirens are activated simultaneously to provide a general alert for the entire community. The outdoor warning sirens can be activated by either the Josephine Police or Josephine Volunteer Fire Department.
The outdoor warning siren system uses certain tones to alert residents to the imminent approach of severe weather (including a tornado warning, destructive winds in excess of 70 mph or reported hail of 1.25″ in diameter or greater) and other emergencies requiring immediate notification. Radio and television as well as public address systems mounted on fire and police vehicles, may also be used to provide information to our citizens, as needed.
The City of Josephine tests the outdoor warning siren system on the first Wednesday of every month. These audible tests are meant to ensure the sirens are working properly and to help prepare for any severe weather that may threaten the city.
When testing, the outdoor warning sirens will sound on days when skies are overcast and gray but not threatening. However, when severe weather is in the forecast, sirens will not be activated unless there is an actual emergency.
If you should hear the warning sirens, go inside and seek shelter immediately. Turn on a radio or television and listen carefully to instructions. WBAP Radio 820 AM is the designated Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for the DFW area.
Stay indoors until the danger passes.